Maria Konnikova

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MASTERMIND debuts (and stays) on NYT Bestseller list–and other updates

January 28, 2013

Just over a week ago, I was thrilled to find out that MASTERMIND had debuted at #21 on the New York Times Bestseller list in its first week of sales. I couldn’t have anticipated such a great response!

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And I was incredibly honored just a few days ago to see it holding on for a second week, at the same #31 spot.

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I’ve been lucky to get some wonderful press surrounding the book over the last few weeks. BusinessWeek featured it in its weekly roundup of best new releases, and science journalist and editor Alexandra Witze reviewed it for the Dallas Morning News, calling it “a clearly written guide to the mysteries of logical deduction”. The Washington Post‘s Maggie Fazeli Fard wrote about it for the paper’s science section and Jennifer Miller beautifully highlighted some of its key points for FastCoCreate. Steve Rubel included some high points of our conversation on his LinkedIn blog (and I was thrilled to see it become the top LinkedIn story of the week! thank you, Steve) and Women’s Wear Daily got my take on all things deerstalker and houndstooth for the magazine.

I had a wonderful time discussing the book with Chris Mooney for his Point of Inquiry podcast and talking about Sherlock Holmes’s take on mindfulness and creativity with Big Think. And what a great chat with the lovely Baker Street Babes! Thank you for having me on your show, ladies.

MASTERMIND was also featured in SheKnows Books for a Better You for 2013, Shutterstock’s “5 New Books That Will Jumpstart Your Creativity in 2013,” and Next Avenue’s 9 best new books for baby boomers. And to round out the week, some reviews from We Love This Book, the popular BBC-Sherlock-inspired blog Sherlockology, the reading-centric blog the Feminist Texan, Entomology of a Bookworm, and, in keeping with the bookworm theme, Curiosity Killed the Bookworm. Finally, the Houston Chronicle asked its readers to reflect on their own brain attics in this piece from culture blogger Kyrie O’Connor.

As ever, thank you all for the phenomenal support!


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